Friday, January 23, 2015

Week in Review

Yay it's Friday! Whew! I have just spent some time working on my blog because I made a huge uh-oh. Came on the blog to write this post and found that my background was gone. Long story short, I tried fixing it and ended up having to redo all my widgets and background and ahhh!!!

Deep Breath.... So. Now I'll get to our week in review ;).

Last weekend we did get a new fire pit for our yard. This is something we have been wanting to do for awhile. We roasted hot dogs and made some smores last Sunday night as an end to a relaxing family weekend.

We made unique smores this time. Instead of melting chocolate we used some of the Reese's Spreads we had to review. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Best Smores ever! Okay, if you like peanut butter and chocolate they are :)

We had some beautiful weather this week and the clouds were truly amazing! It looked as if God took a paintbrush to the sky. Over look the huge tire sign in my yard. :) Hubby's project he's working on....

Our school week was pretty normal for us. We are working on catching up on some of our LA that we are behind on. Staying pretty much on top of everything else.

We had the last of our January science class this week. He was all talk after that discussing the animals they cared for and what experiences they had. Boo Bear was the water boy for the terrariums they visited.

We had a park day with a newer homeschool group where we live. It was a nice day to get out and he seemed to make friends.

Last week I also added some home ec to Boo Bear's schedule. He is asking to cook and I want him to learn as much as possible. It's a skill needed for boys and girls alike so I want him to be comfortable in the kitchen.

We made some cupcakes and he also offered to do the dishes.

We used our new decorating kit too which I'll share a review on this week. He did really well with the cooking and is learning to read the recipe and follow directions. They turned out really cute !

Boo Bear received a Solar System kit for Christmas so we also put that together this week. He has known his planets for awhile but it's always fun to work on it in a new way to review and enjoy it again. 

That's about how our week went. We have made some great progress and will finish up our Math chapter today with our final test on it. I'm looking for online programs for math, history and maybe science. He loves working online so I'd love to hear what programs you have fallen in love with!

How was your week?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

170. Beautiful sunshiny days. In the winter it's a mix of dreary days for a while and then every once in awhile a few beautiful days show up.

171. Fresh farm eggs from friends at church

172. Yummy warm coffee to help me get going

173. The sound of laughter from my kiddo

174. Exciting park days with new friends. Making new friends is always exciting.

175. Seeing old friends at the park too

176. Watching a great movie with my two boys.

177. Reading a fun book with Boo Bear during school. We are reading The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg right now. It's quite fun and he loves it. I am enjoying the fact that while I read it helps him focus a little more on his work.

178. Listening to this take place in our home. I'm so excited for him to learn and he's been after us for a year or more to do it. Molly was quite the attentive listener as well. 

179. Fun review packages arriving all at once. It's exciting to try out these new products and share them with you guys!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekly Review: New Adventures, New Stories and A New Do!

It's finally Friday! Wahoo! This week has been a good one but it doesn't really seem like Friday to me. I'm not sure what's up with that but hey, it is! So that means the weekend is here and fun family times too.

This past week we had a busy one. We worked on school work, had lunch with daddy, science class and lots of nasty weather. Seriously. It's been a dreary week here and maybe that's why my days aren't making sense. Yucky, rainy, no sun for days, colder temperatures miserable type weather. Makes it hard to do much of anything ya know?

On the school front.... We have been moving right along with our curriculum. I am happy to say that this years items are working out pretty well. The only thing we are slacking on is reading in our science book.He gets science from a lot of places and the book we're doing this year is the Land Animals. I hate to say it but honestly, this is just a simple review for him. This child tells me everything I'm about to read when I start on a section. He has the most animal knowledge crammed into his young mind that I've ever seen. This kid loves animals and knows more than I do about them.

We are still working on our telling time chapter in math. This one is an easy one for him although we are learning the meanings of terms like half past, quarter till. etc.

I'm really enjoying our Growing With Grammar series of grammar, writing and spelling. He seems to enjoy it too. It's simple lessons that do not take up a huge part of the day and he's getting it. He still hates to write a whole lot but we are working on that. :)

He is still loving the science classes on Thursdays. I love that he's working with kids of all ages and he loves that he gets to go with his favorite teacher at the science center. It also gives me some downtime during the middle of the day to have adult talks with the other mom's there.

New Adventure...
We all had a new adventure this past weekend. We went to the circus!! I admit I have never been in my entire life and this was Boo Bears first experience as well. Nana bought tickets and we headed down to surprise him as he didn't know he was going. He had a blast!!!

The acts were amazing and there were many gasps and "does her mama know she does that" type displays.
I know this isn't the best shot but this was one of our favorites. Boo Bear looked at me and said "Mom, that dude is crazy!!"

We also got to have Christmas with hubby's side of the family after Grandma was sick during the holidays. One of Boo Bear's favorite presents was a new telescope. We can't wait to use it but alas,,, remember the icky weather? It has been too cloudy to see anything. Maybe this weekend?

Boo Bear also had his first guitar lesson this week. I'm super excited for him to learn.

New Do... 
Mama got a new do this week :) . I'm going back today to have more red put in it as it wasn't popping quite as I or the stylist wanted. Here's a before and after...

We also had a beautiful sky this week as one of the storms passed. Here's the sky to one side:

And here's the amazing other side of our yard.

This picture does it no justice. This was a double rainbow that was one of the most vibrant I have ever seen.

So how did your week go?

I'm linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Homegrown Learners and Our 4 Kiddos. I'm also linking up with Homeschool Mom's Journal.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

160. Homeschooling with my kiddo. While there are days I want to pull my hair out, throw my hands up and quit. There are more days that we have the best time laughing, learning and loving. These days are precious!

161. My morning coffee

162. The progress I'm seeing in Boo Bear. He's doing so well and I'm very proud of the progress I see. I'm also a little sad because he's growing up toooooo fast.

163. Relaxing days at home with my two boys

164. Planning trips and exciting adventures this year

165. My warm hoodie on a cold morning

166. Going back to my blog a year ago and finding posts like this one that I can see where God took it this year.

167. A new do for myself. It's been quite a while since I've done anything with my hair. I mean trims, yes. Coloring? Not for several years. It just felt like time for something a little new and fresh. I have (gasp!) grays to color too!

168. Building new friendships with our church. I can't say enough how amazed and thankful I am for our church family. 

169. How our Pastor connects with all ages. He's awesome and my son loves him and his family. I love the relationship my son is building and that he sees that the Pastor is approachable and there to help him if he needs it. I want him to see that he can go to him if he needs prayer or to be counseled. It's an amazing thing! Of course here, it's not a serious visit :). Boo Bear was telling jokes and had both of these two laughing :).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Mini Corndogs

Let's face it. As moms/wives/homeschool families/work families etc. we have a busy week ahead of us. Sometimes we can plan dinner and have it all organized and others, we just need a quick delicious meal our families can enjoy.

That's where this recipe comes in. Now I'm sure you have seen others that make their own batter and I have done that as well. This time I went for quick and easy with a Krusteez Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix.

Now I do try to do my own thing and make it from scratch. More often than not that's how it happens here. There are times that I do use the boxes and it's okay. You have to give yourself grace in those instances and know that you can still enjoy the meal.

Here's what we used.

My son really loves this cornbread and I love that it's gluten free. Helps me not feel as bad when I eat it. The Ball Park hot dogs have no nitrates/nitrites in them so I felt good using those as well. This was the first time we used this hot dogs and my husband loved them.


It's really simple. Honest.  Make the batter according to the directions on the box. Pour your batter into 24 mini muffin cups. I used my silicone baking mat and it's awesome.

Cut your hot dogs into fourths/fifths, however many you can. Place the hot dog piece in the center of the muffin and cook till golden brown. I used the chart on the back of the box and had to add a few minutes due to the extra hot dog in the muffin.

I served these with some green beans for our quick weeknight meal. I had to snap this one before they were all gone :)

So what is a favorite go to for you on a busy weeknight? I'm linking up with Lisa this week and hope you'll check out some more recipes there too!

Reeses Spreads Review : Oh My Goodness!

I love peanut butter and chocolate. It's the perfect combination. It's awesome anytime. My son has apparently picked up on that love of mine as well. This is one of his favorite combos too.

Reese's has the combination just right. I have always loved the cups, the Reese's Pieces and the holiday shapes that come out each year.

They even have those mini-cups now that are too cute!

Recently I got to try out a new product of theirs called Reese's Spreads. Yes, spreads!!!

It truly is like taking a melted Reese's cup and spreading it all over your favorite things. Apples. Nilla Wafers. Crackers. Ice Cream.

We paired it here with our apples we have. We had a honey crisp apple and as soon as we got that bright orange box, we opened it and sliced up those apples.

It was awesome! My son and I both enjoyed this snack that afternoon.

Yumm! We also tried it on Nilla Wafers and again, delicious. I knew that my son and I would probably be an easy win on this product as we both love this combination to start with. My husband? I wasn't so sure if he would go for it or not. Sure he likes the PB and Chocolate thing but near as much as we do.

Well let's just say he promptly asked me to hide this jar because he could eat the whole thing. A win!

You can enjoy this on just about anything you would put peanut butter on. How about a PBC and Jelly sandwich? Yumm! Or you could toast your waffles and spread it on instead of syrup. What about a Reese's and Banana sandwich? Anybody else like PB and banana? This would take that to a whole new level.

You can purchase this at your favorite Wal-Mart or grocery store nearby and enjoy it for yourself. Be warned. It's delicious and you're going to find yourself sneaking teaspoons of it as you walk by.

**I received this product free from Influenster for my honest review. **

Friday, January 9, 2015

Week in Review: First Week Back

We are back in our normal routine of things around here this week after a long and awesome break. We have enjoyed the time off but I think we both needed our routine back.

This week we have gone back to where we left off as far as our curriculum goes. I am adding in new things as well like the Literature Kits over at SchoolhouseTeachers. We are listening to the Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. I loved the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and looked forward to this one as well. I'm trying to keep up as best I can with as fast as he listens to it.

We worked further across the country this week learning our state capitols. This is one of his favorite subjects we have been working on and he's doing quite well.

We also read a section out of our Famous Folks in America book we found at Target, thanks to a fellow homeschool mom.

We also got a little farther in our science this week and science classes started back up. He loves these classes and this month they are learning about the Food web and how everything is intertwined.

We worked on learning more about informal and formal language and had a review of our spelling lessons for the past several weeks. This week was mostly about finishing up sections we needed to and getting back into a routine slowly.

Molly wanted to assist me with work this week too. She's such a cuddler and when you get where she can get to you, she's going to insist you cuddle right. this. minute.

She even has her special time with Boo Bear each morning. This is sometimes how they start the day off. Conversating about what their plans are for the day, I guess.

I  can't say enough how excited I am to hear these words.... "Mom can I go read? " (angels sing in the background every time). I just love to hear him say those words and that when I do have to remind him for quiet reading time it's not a battle anymore. Thank you Lord for this miracle and progress we have seen.

I'm working a few exciting reviews as well. Here's one we got in yesterday that I had been anxiously awaiting it's arrival.

Boo Bear and I both love Reese's cups. I mean come on. Peanut butter AND Chocolate together?? What??? Then this comes along and they've now made it a spreadable Reese's. No joke. It's awesome!

So what have you been up to this week? Did you start back this week or have you already been back to business as usual?

I'm linking up this week with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Homegrown Learners and Our 4 Kiddos.